MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -With the school year winding down, organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCA are starting summer programs in the Mobile area.
And, you might be surprised at how summer camps have changed over the years.
You would expect something like kickball to be one of the activities at summer camp, but the YMCA of South Alabama said it also works on teaching young people lessons besides athletics, like character development.
YMCA Cub Club Director Erica Buchanan said, “We do that by teaching them to get along with each other, learning to accept each other as they are, work together. We get them with their friends. They get to meet new people. They’re kids from other schools they never get to see.”
The Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama are getting ready to start their summer programs, too.
Of course, there are athletics, but there are also educational programs.
Executive Director Mary Zoghby said, “We’re teaching robotics at the Mae Eanes (school) site, and kids all love that, but, we also have something called Club Tech, which is really computer language and how to get involved in the computers, and safety and the internet.”
The Hearin-Chandler YMCA has a Summer Day Camp for 5 to 10 year olds and an Adventure Camp for 11 to 14 year olds.
Normal camp time is from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Each camp provides free before-and-after care from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Another busy place this time of the year are Boys and Girls Clubs. They provide recreational activities for young people.